Shih Tzu puppies are filled with personality. They are adorable and easy to love. Your Shih Tzu could entertain you all day with his antics and affection. But when it comes to training, he could be a tad bit stubborn. He’ll learn basic commands and fun tricks, but prepared to repeat commands several times before he bothers to care. Easy tricks should come with a huge price in the form of a delicious treat reward and lots of time training. When you start training your Shih Tzu easy tricks, he’ll start to see just how fun and rewarding learning can be and building new tricks will become easier.
Easy tricks are the best place to start with your puppy. Starting with the 'sit' command and building up to fun, simple tricks is a great place to start with basic training for your Shih Tzu. He will have fun, build his cuteness skills, and learn a few things too.
Don’t let anyone convince you your sweet Shih Tzu is too stubborn to train. That’s not true. Positive reward training works great for Shih Tzu pups because they are motivated by enticing rewards. But to keep your Shih Tzu engaged enough to learn even the simplest of tricks, he’ll need redirection as well. You’ll need to show him the opposite consequence if he doesn’t do the trick. If his rewards are not enticing enough, up the ante with some dried liver or tiny bits of cut up steak. Your Shih Tzu puppy will work for food. Start simple trick training as early as you can. Let your little guy know just how boring life can be without fun tricks. Start with one trick and repeat it several times before moving onto the next trick. This could take weeks.
In order to train even easy tricks, your Shih Tzu will need quiet and short training sessions with you. Make these free of distractions and keep them short so you can keep your fuzzball’s attention. Don’t forget those highly rewarding treats to entice as well as encourage him to keep learning. If you need to keep your little guy focused and in one place for training, you can place him on a leash to have better control over him.
Having trouble with sit, lay down, stay and some house breaking
Hello Brittany, For potty training, check out the article linked below. I recommend the crate training method or a combination of that and the Tethering method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Sit - Treat Luring method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-sit Down https://www.thelabradorsite.com/train-your-labrador-to-lie-down-and-stay/ When luring Sit, try practicing with pup's back against the wall in a corner, so that they don't just back up. Hold the treat so that they are licking it and move it over their head slowly enough they keep watching it the whole time. When luring down, once pup can do sit, when you lower the treat to the floor, also move it slow enough pup can follow it and starts out licking it. If pup tries to stand up from the sit position when you lower it, gently place your free hand on their lower back while moving the treat. If pup won't lie down when you move the treat along the floor away from them, also try moving the treat along the floor toward them - under their belly area - most dogs follow the treat best when moved away along the floor, but a few do better when the treat is under them along the floor. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Basil is super smart! From day 1, he was potty trained. I got him in spring when the weather was nice, kept him outside most pf the time and overly praised him when he went "potty" though the difficilt thing could be to tell when he was peeing! The mext morning, he woke me up aggressively licking my face and wouldn't stop even when I gently pushed him away. He was obviously trying to tell me something and it turned out he needed to go potty! After that I began basic commands, starting with sit, which took a couple days for him to get, but once he did, was sp proud amd eager to learn more, down, stay, paw,,... Worked up to 'leave it' being able to place a treat in front of him just days later, he mastered each one quickly and successfully, learned walking on a leash, though having a large field behind our home helped with training off leash until I could trust him on nom busy roads. He knows - sidewalk, stop, wait, car (which add stop of he doesn't stop for them to drive by), also words like park and bench, home, so he knows where we're going and to stop and wait for me at intersections as well as not getting too far ahead. He went through a period where he'd shortcut through parking lots and sich instead of staying on the sidewalk, pushing his limits by trying to walk the side of the road, but persistence, my own focus (he's more likely to misbehave if I'm distracted on my phone) and being consistent- not allowing him to get away with bad behaviour, rewarding for good, now while I don't need treats, I give him one after walks if he's behaved the whole time as well as occasionally during walks - which along with 'leave it' helps him to stay and 'look at me' as well so he's not tempted to run off towards other dogs or people. Looking ahead and preparing as well as always keeping a leash just in case helps. He is learning 'circle' in which he circles and ends in a sit position and that's what he has to do to get his end of walk reward. If I jave more than one treat available, I let him sniff each and he paws at the hand with the treat he wants. He also knows high 5! There are so many words he understands, I can't think of them all! But constantly talking to him, using and repeating tue same words, telling hi im to get to thensidewalk, leave the person or animal alone, I can incorporare these key words into his walks and he knows what I want and expect of him. He also lnows when I'm carrying extra treats and stops and looks at me after good behaviour expecting one! Definitely super bright and only gets into trouble when he doesn't get enlugh exercise or stimulation. He will get bored inside all day and he does need lots of exercise on a regular basis to stay happy but it also keeps him from being destructive. If he needs or wants a walk and doesn't get one, he will grab something he knows he shouldn't chew on and destroy it. The funny thing is, he never takes anything of mine! He knows better! He takes my fiance or daughter's items, but he also sees when I'm sick and will lay by my side and refuse to go out. He's super loyal, a great watch dog and companion, the smartest and bestest friend ever. I wouldn't trade him for the world!